What if after your divorce, or during a separation, your ex threatens to move the children to another country? You worry if you will ever see your children again, and wonder what rights you have to keep your children closer to you. Even if your ex has physical custody, if you have joint legal custody, both parents need to agree on whether to move the child to another country for one parent to be able to legally take the child. Legal custody grants you the right to decide the child's place of residence. If there is a dispute about moving the child to another country, a court can hear and settle the dispute.